Hydrate with these Good-for-You Drinks on Hot Summer Days

If you have poked your head out from under your wonderfully air-conditioned apartment (if you’re one of the lucky ones), you’ll realize it’s hotter than hot today. On days like this, it is essential to stay hydrated. While drinking water is fantastic, sometimes you may need more than just hydration. Wouldn’t you love a beverage that revitalizes you, or packs your body with nutrients and vitamins? While attending the Summer Fancy food Show, we came across some wonderful good for you drinks to keep you refreshed and revitalized during these especially hot summer days. We’re highlighting delicious coconut waters, iced teas, and sparkling beverages that will rescue you on those unbearable days.

COCONUT WATER

We all know the hydrating and replenishing benefits of coconut water, so of course, it is the number one good for you drinks on our list. Check out what we’re loving from Coco Community, Harmless Harvest, and FOCO.

COCO COMMUNITY

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Fans of Vita Coco will fall head over heels with their new range of organic coconut water, Coco Community. Partnering with the local community in the Ratchaburi Province in Thailand, they empower the community by making a long-term commitment to buying the Nam Hom coconuts exclusively from these farmers. The coconuts are picked during the 3-4 day period when they’re perfectly ripe, then washed and opened. The coconut water is then thermally processed to ensure a high level of food safety while preserving the nutrients and authentic flavor that make the Nam Hom so special. The Coco Community coconut water has no additives, preservatives, or anything else added!

HARMLESS HARVEST

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If you’ve ever walked into an organic store, then you’re familiar with Harmless Harvest Organic 100% Raw Coconut Water. This Fair Trade, and Fair for Life Coconut Water and Fair Trade Coffee Coconut Water has won the hearts of coconut lovers everywhere. Harmless Harvest was the first US company to use Nam Hom coconuts, to be 100% certified Organic, to pioneer a Multi-Step Micro-Filtration Processing, and to use High-Pressure Processing (HPP) to avoid heat pasteurization. They’ve also recently added an organic option for those who want both hydration and energy. Blending their coconut water with the bold flavor, of Fair Trade, organic Arabica coffee beans from Cajamarca, Peru, this new good for you drinks pack quite the organic kick.

FOCO COCONUT WATER

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100% pure coconut water is delicious, but sometimes you may want to add a bit of exotic fruit flavor.  Harvested from hand-picked young green coconuts, FOCO Coconut Water is a natural isotonic beverage that will hydrate your body as you enjoy its refreshing, pure taste. FOCO boasts five essential electrolytes and comes in a variety of flavors that combine the young, green coconut water with bold flavors, such as ripe juicy mangoes, the fresh exotic taste of Lychee, fragrant and crisp taste of pink guava, sweet, ripe pineapples, and the light, sweet and tart taste o pomegranates.

ICED TEAS

If you’re one of those who prefer a tall glass of iced tea in favor of coconut water, we’ve got some delicious options for you from Bolani Teas, Bare Nature, and Arteasan. These are not ordinary ice teas, these good for you drinks boast more than just a refreshing taste.

BOLANI ORGANIC ROSE CHAI LATTE

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Bolani is very new to us and we discovered it by accident at the Summer Fancy food Show. This month, they launched four organic iced tea flavors: Unsweetened Green Tea (only 3 ingredients), Soothing Mint Green Tea (Only 5 ingredients), Energizing Black Tea (only 4 ingredients), and Rose Chai Latte (no powders or extracts), and they’re all delicious. Bolani teas are made from 100% brewed Organic tea leaves with reverse osmosis water. They don’t use any powders or extracts in their teas and house them in TetraPak aseptic bottles. The teas contain ONLY 5 ingredients or less, are only sweetened with Organic cane sugar and only have 8g of sugar per serving. We were really taken with the Rose Chai Latte, which contains real rose water, known for its anti-inflammatory properties. The Rose Chai is a delicious, creamy escape that will have you continuously reaching for more.

BARE NATURE VITAMIN ICED TEA

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A delicious and utterly refreshing iced tea with the added benefits of vitamins. What more can you ask for in the nutrient-sapping heat of summer days! These good for you drink boast Vitamins A, C & E – Vitamin A is great for eyes and skin; Vitamin C keeps gums and teeth healthy; Vitamin E acts as a powerful antioxidant by neutralizing free radicals in the body that cause tissue and cellular damage. Not only are they delicious, the Bare Nature Vitamin Iced teas also contains antioxidants that help remove potentially damaging oxidizing agents in the body, protect from different diseases, slow down aging and boost immunity. They contain no preservatives, no artificial color or flavors.

ARTEASAN

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Ready for some exotically flavored teas bursting with ingredients to help heal your body? With great flavors like passion fruit and elderberry (be well), blueberry and ginseng (energy), mango and passionflower (calm), and peach and rosemary (focus) paired with green, white, black and yerba teas, these delicious infusion of teas, fruits and botanicals can help restore, refresh, and replenish your body.

SPARKLING DRINKS

Sometimes a sparkling beverage is just what you need to cool yourself down on a blistering hot day. The effervescent bubbles are a healthy way to enjoy the satisfying sensation of drinking a soda without the unhealthy things artificial sodas contain. These good for you drinks can be flavored sparkling drinks or organic sodas, like those we’re featuring from La Croix, and Sipp gives you all the benefit of delicious refreshment that’s a perfect way to cool down.

LA CROIX CURATE

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Known as the #1 sparkling beverage in the US, LaCroix adds a new product extension to their sparkling beverage, LaCroix Cúrate. These new sparkling waters are calorie, sweetener, and sodium free, boast more robust flavors, combine French and Spanish languages and flavors, such as Cerise Limón (Cherry Lime), Pomme Bayá (Apple Berry), Piña Fraise (Pineapple Strawberry), and Melón Pomelo (Cantaloupe Pink Grapefruit). For those looking for a change from artificially flavored, and artificially sweetened carbonated beverages, add the 100% natural, calorie-free, sugar-free, and sodium-free 12oz tall LaCroix Cúrate cans to your grocery list.

SIPP SPARKLING CRAFT SODA

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It was love at first sip (pun intended) when we came across these handcrafted, certified organic sodas. Sipp Sparkling Organics are wonderful drinks boasting blended fruits and herbs in a refreshing sparkling beverage. You’ll love the available flavors, which includes Ginger Blossom, Lemon Flower, Mojo Berry, Summer Pear, and Zesty Orange. Whether you drink them right out of the bottle or in a mixed drink, you’ll love its subtle carbonation and light sweetness. Sipp is sweetened with agave and only contains 100 calories per 12oz bottle. So go ahead, have a sip or two.

What do you think of these good for you drinks? Will you be adding them to your summer must-haves to stay hydrated and replenished during these hot summer days? We’ve added them and our body loves us for it.

Have Dehydrated Strands? Try Ogx Beauty’s Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Hair Care

I recently tried Ogx Beauty’s Weightless Hydration Coconut Water  product range.  I have a head full of thick corkscrew curls.  As much as I love my kinky-curly locks, sometimes I like to wear my stands straight.  This gently coconut-scented line was perfect for prepping my hair for heat styling.  Best of all, at just $7.99 each, they are surprisingly affordable, and can be purchased at Ulta, Target and Wal-Mart.  

 

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First, I used the Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Shampoo to clarify my hair. It provides a weightless clean, residue-free rinse. My hair was extremely clean but did not feel stripped of its moisture.

Ogx Beauty’s Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Shampoo

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I followed with the Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Conditioner.  I really enjoyed this conditioner.  The consistency is very nice.  I love a conditioner that when applied, clings to my strands and make my curls pop.  The Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Conditioner allowed me to detangle my hair with ease.  It rinsed out with ease leaving my hair feeling clean and refreshed.

Ogx Beauty’s Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Conditioner

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Next, I sprayed a little Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Hydration Oil on my hair before blow-drying and flat ironing it to protect it from heat damage.  As a finishing touch, I spritzed my strands again with the Weightless Hydration Coconut Hydration Oil for an amazing shine.

Ogx Beauty’s Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Hydration Oil

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Overall, I really love the Ogx’s Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Product Line.  It left my hair beautifully hydrated–even on a tight budget.  I especially love this line for heat-styling as the shampoo and conditioner are great for clarifying and the hydration oil is perfect for heat-styling protection and a luxurious glossy finish.

Have you tried Ogx’s Beauty products?  What are your favorite OGX hair products?

Vita Coco 100% Coconut Water – Replenishing, Refreshing & Revitalizing

No matter what anyone says, on days like this when the temperature and the humidity are at a ridiculous high, there is absolutely nothing that quenches your thirst and cools you down like a nice cold coconut water. That is why when the temperature started creeping past the 90 degree mark, out came the very refreshing Vita Coco Coconut Water

What makes Vita Coco the standout among other coconut waters? “The coconut water used in Vita Coco comes from green coconuts, not brown coconuts. Young green coconuts are loaded with nutrients, electrolytes and healthful benefits.” Vita Coco is national beverage brand based on a single ingredient: fresh coconut water. Vita Coco is available in a variety of flavors and sizes, and offers the widest selection of flavors and sizes amongst all other coconut water brands.

People from the Caribbean have known the benefits of coconut water for eons, I mean anytime you visit the islands, one of the first things you’re offered is a fresh young coconut filled with refreshing water and if you notice, they’re happier, healthier and hydrated. Why?  Because coconut water offers a long list of benefits:

  •  free of fat, cholesterol, and sugar; low in acidity
  • Contains five essential electrolytes–potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and phosphorous
  • helps to promote weight loss
  • helps keeps the body cool and at room temperature
  • helps carry nutrients and oxygen to cells and boosts circulation
  • helps detoxify your body and boosts your immune system
  • helps relieve stomach ailments

and lets not forget that it tastes incredibly good!!!

I can personally attest to another benefit of coconut water, particularly Vita Coco; as a migraine sufferer, hydration is essential (the majority of my migraine attacks are because I am dehydrated or very hungry/have low sugar). Two small Vita Cocos work wonders for me, I always keep a stash in my fridge for such occasions. This may not work for all but it does for me. It has cut my migraine prescription intake by half.

 As you can tell by the photo above, Vita Coco has introduced several flavor combinations; while I do love the original coconut water, I have discovered and fell in love with the Passion Fruit

 Pineapple

 Tangerine

 and Acai & Pomegrante (I haven’t tried the Peach & Mango yet)

Now, just because Vita Coco has all these wonderful health benefits doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it. In fact I had loads of fun over the weekend and actually discovered a new drink. My first was to add a dash or two of Bacardi Classic Cocktails Pina Colada (which is infused with Coconut Water) to my regular Vita Coco Coconut Water

My next fun drink and new discovery was to mix the delightfully smooth Stoli White Pomegranik mixed with Vita Coco Acai and Pomegrante. I must say I didn’t know what to expect but I figured I’d have a winner and I was right – a very smooth drink to the last drop.

So remember, on those 90 plus degree days or any day for that matter, stay away from the gatorades, sodas, plain waters, etc. Reach for a Vita Coco Coconut instead, you’ll be happier, cooler, more refreshed and healthier. Where can you purchase Vita Coco you may be asking? There are over 14,000 retailers such as Amazon.com, Whole Foods, Stop and Shop, airports, etc. (I usually buy mine at Whole foods but sometimes I get a good deal on amazon).

If you’re still not sure about buying Vita Coco (though I don’t know why you wouldn’t be), checkout the list of celebrities who are die hard fans: Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gisele Bündchen (Brazilians know their coconut water), Rihanna (Caribbean people too), Adrien Grenier, Chris Pine, Demi Moore, Anna Paquin, Steven Moyer, etc